Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 13, 2011

Rank of input from family and friends on the list of the most trusted sources of information about destinations and travel, according to a survey by Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011: 1

Percentage of American travelers who have the highest degree of confidence in personal recommendations: 80

Source: Ypartnership Public Relations.

Despite incorporating digital media into their lifestyles, percentage of America's most successful and influential business leaders who still utilize print on a daily basis, according to the Business Elite USA survey from Ipsos MediaCT: 87

Percentage of this group who have accessed news via a smartphone or tablet app in the past week: 52

Source: Ipsos MediaCT.

Percentage of millenials (ages 18-29) who agree that the economy grows best when individuals are allowed to create businesses without government interference, according to a poll by sponsored by Generation Opportunity: 59

Percentage of these young Americans who said that if taxes on business profits were reduced, companies would be more likely to hire: 53

Source: Generation Opportunity.

Percentage of employers who have designated both Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and the day after as paid holidays in 2011, down from the 74 percent and the 79 percent that did so in 2010 and 2009, respectively, according to BNA's annual survey of employers' year-end holiday plans: 72

As in previous years, percentage of employers who have scheduled Thanksgiving Day as a paid holiday for employees: 96

Percentage of employers who will require some employees to work on Thanksgiving Day: 29

Source: BNA-Bloomberg.

Approximate age at which Americans become proud of their longevity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 85

Estimated number of Americans aged 100 or over: 70,500

In 1950, Estimated number of Americans aged 100 or over: 2,300.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of employees who continue to be plagued by stress, according to the StressPulse survey by the ComPsych Corporation: 66

Percentage who say they come to work too stressed to be effective on five or more days per year: 29

Ranks of workload, people issues, juggling work/personal life and lack of job security on the list of the top causes of stress: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: ComPsych Corp.

Percentage of Americans qualified as "heavy" text-message users (50 or more texts sent or received a day) who said they preferred texting to speaking on the phone: 55

Average number of text messages sent or received daily by young adults between the ages of 18 and 24: 109.5

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Ranks of complying with government regulations, consumer confidence in the economy, lack of consumer demand and lack of credit on the list of the most important problems facing small business today, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index poll: 1, 2, 3, 4

Approximate percentage of small-business owners who say they are very or moderately worried about going out of business: 36

Percentage who are worried about not being able to compete with large or global competitors, not being able to hire the number of employees they need and not being able to pay their employees: 37

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of Americans who took precautions to protect their privacy online, according to the results from Anonymizer Inc.'s second annual privacy and security survey: 95

When asked what makes them most nervous about being online, percentage of respondents who said having their bank account and credit card information stolen: 31

Percentage who cited computer viruses: 19

Source: Anonymizer Inc.

Idle Thought

"Never mistake motion for action." -- Ernest Hemingway

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)